Pacific DL-266 Shotshell
Setting up your DL-266
1. After removing your loader from the carton, bolt the
unit directly to a sturdy bench. Allow enough room on either side of the
loader for the components you will be using during reloader.
Most important: mount the loader close enough to the front
for the handle to come to a solid stop without contacting the bench top.
2. Next remove the measure assembly, turn it upside
down, and remove the charge bar stop pin and the charge bar (note which way it
came out to reinstall it the same way.) The charge bushings will fall out
of the charge bar, but the shot and powder bushings are different diameters to
prevent a mix up. Check the bushing identification and compare with the
label or with the standard loads. Also, check for the presence of the
measure seals (flat rubber washers) in the measure casting. These seals
are necessary to insure even powder charges and to prevent the shot from
damaging the casting. If everything is in place, reinstall the charge bar
and replace the charge bar stop pin.
3. Mount the measure assembly on the loader making sure
the primer feed link fits in between the two primer rod nuts and the primer rod.
Put a box of primers in the primer tube filler and turn the knob to fill the
primer tube. Actuate the charge bar at least twice to get the primers in
position for operation. End with the charge bar forward. NOW fill
the shot and powder hoppers. CAUTION: Do not put powder in the shot
hopper or vice versa.
Loading the first shell
Sort empty cases as to brand and type. Inspect cases
and discard those with cracks, loose base wads, or any other defect. You
will find it is best to load only one brand and type of shell at a time, so that
you may use the same combination of components and loader adjustments without
The 266 has been factory adjusted, but some slight adjustment
may be made necessary by variations in the components you are using.
STATION 1 RESIZE AND DEPRIME
1. Place the empty shell in position at station one,
making sure the deprime punch is in the case mouth and the shell is reasonably
centered under the size die.
2. Lower the operating handle to the stop. Make
sure the handle is not being stopped by some object (like the bench).
Notice as the platen rises the shell is automatically guided into the die.
Before raising the handle check that the die has made contact with the rim of
the shell and is fully down against the platen casting.
3. Raise the handle and the case (resized and deprimed)
is ejected from the die. Ready for step two.
(All reloading operations end on the positive stop that
occurs when the resize die touches the base casting, except when the case is
being primed. Therefore, adjustment of this die affects the adjustment of
all other dies. When properly adjusted, resize die should lightly touch
base casting when operating lever is fully lowered.
STATION 2 PRIME
1. Your DL266 has an automatic primer feed and if you
read the previous instructions there will be a primer in the seating pad ready
to prime the first shell. If you did not read the instructions on setting
up the loader, you will have to place a primer in the seating pad by hand for
the first two shells you reload. After the first two, there will always be
one in the pad unless you run out or forget to refill the tube.
2. Place the shell over the seating punch and raise the
handle. The shell will line up directly over the primer and be seated to
the bottom of the primer pocket when the handle reaches the bottom of the
stroke. Pacific's design insures no concave heads since the shell is not
held by the rim, but is pushed over the primer by the inside of the shell.
STATION 3 DROP POWDER, SEAT
WAD, AND DROP SHOT
1. Place the shell in station three under the wad
guide. Make sure the wad guide spring fingers enter the mouth of the case
and do not catch the edge.
2. Lower the operation handle to the full stop.
While the handle is down, push the charge bar rearward until it stops.
This not only drops powder but also drops the next primer.
3. Raise the handle and place the was over the wad
seating stem/drop tube. Lower the handle making sure the wad enters the
wad guide and the overpowder cup does not catch the wad guide. The handle
will reach the full stop and the wad is seated. Lowering or raising the
seating stem will increase or decrease wad seating depth and pressure.
Most wads for the AA type shell have the same column height and very little
adjustment is needed when changing wads.
4. Now before raising the operating handle, pull the
charge bar fully forward, dropping shot and preparing the next primer to be
dropped when the charge bar is next actuated. (NOTE: There should be
about 1/2" to 9/16" between the shot and the mouth of the case for proper
crimping. If measurement is otherwise, you may be using the wrong
combination of components.)
STATION 4 START CRIMP
Place the shell in the shell holder head and lower the
handle. The Pacific crimp starter easily aligns with the existing crimp.
The knobs on the outside are to help in manually aligning the crimp when
flattened crimps are reloaded.
STATION 5 FINAL CRIMP
1. Place the shell in Pacific's unique two-stage crimp
die. This die is constructed in two parts to provide a better crimp.
As the shell enters the die the crimp is pushed into place. The shell
contacts the top of the die and the lower portion raises with the shell.
The crimp plunger is stationary and increases the amount of crimp.
2. When you remove the shell from the die you will
notice the mouth of the case has a nice taper and the leading edge is slightly
rounded giving a more professional appearance and to assist in chambering in
pumps and autoloading shotguns.